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2100 Whitehaven Road
Grand Island, NY 14072

Pastor: Jeff Childs

| Ph: 773-3322 | Fax: 773-3366

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Valentine's Babysitting Service - 2010

   Trinity's movie ministry will sponsoring a Valentine's Babysitting Service from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, February 13th. Parents can drop of their children at the church and have a date night. There will be a movie, pizza, games, and crafts. Nursery care will also be provided. The program is free but donations will be accepted.

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Parent/Child Dance - 2010

   A parent child dance will be held at Trinity UM Church on Saturday, February 27th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event will include dancing, music, dessert, and fellowship.
    Also a Music with Mar teacher will be starting a music class at the church on Thursday mornings starting Febuary 4th from 10-11am. This is a great program for 0-5 year olds based on brain based research. The cost is $7.00 per family.

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Special Haiti Relief Offering at Trinity Church - January 2010

   On Sunday, January 24, a special emphasis of prayer and sharing will be devoted during each of the three morning worship services for the people of Haiti and all who are offering the immediate relief care. Two officials of the United Methodist Committee on Relief who were in Haiti tragically perished in the collapse of one of the buildings and prayers will be offered for their families, friends and coworkers. A special offering will be collected to support the relief efforts through the United Methodist Church. People who have been in ministry in Haiti, including Pastor Jeff Childs, will share their personal reflections and encourage others who might feel God's call to go on future mission trips. Worship services are at 8, 9 and 10:30am and the public is always invited. Members are expected.

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Financial Peace University - January 2010

   Come and join all of the people who are learning the baby steps to financial peace. Find out why debt is dumb, cash is king, and the paid -off home mortgage has replaced the BMW as the status symbol of today, with your (video) host Dave Ramsey. New York Times best-selling author/Radio talk show host and financial guru Dave Ramsey teaches 12 lessons and a bonus lesson on how to save money, beat debt, build wealth and give away money like never before.
   "Live like no one else, so later you can Live like no one else!!"
   In 91 days the average household can eliminate $5300 in debt while saving $2700!
   Join us for a Free Preview to find out more on Jan. 24th - 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. or Feb. 3rd at 6:30 p.m.
   Family Room, Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. 773-3322. Open to the public.

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Ecumenical Taizé Service - January 2010

   Through days of exhausting schedules, multiple responsibilities, and critical decisions many people are looking for a place of quiet rest, a setting for worship that will refill and revitalize. Sometimes we find such buoyancy in praise or in the preached Word of God. We also may find such spiritual refreshment in worship which is still, reflective, and meditative. One worship experience with these attributes is the Ecumenical Taizé (teh-ZAY) Service. A Taize service is a quiet, meditative service that allows you to take a break from the hassles and weariness of daily living and reconnect with God. It consists of candlelight, singing Taizé songs, Bible reading, silence, and prayer. It lasts from 30-45 minutes. Taizé songs are simple phrases repeated a number of times. A monthly ecumenical Taizé service is currently being held in the Historic trinity Sanctuary, 2100 Whitehaven Road. The next service is Sunday, January 10th at 7pm. All are welcome to attend. Taizé originated in France in the village of Taizé, in 1940. Today it is an international, ecumenical community consisting of more than 100 brothers from more than 25 nations, who are both Catholic and Protestant. Tens of thousands of people come from all over the world to participate in three times daily Taizé services. A typical service consists of: song, reading of a Psalm, song, reading of Scripture, song, silence, Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, song. You should dress comfortably. Once you enter the area of worship you become silent and remain silent during the service (except for singing).

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Trinity Recital Series Continues - January 2010

   The Trinity Recital Series continues with renown pianists. Free Admission
    Pianist Anne Denis, a doctoral candidate at the University of Memphis will perform works by Haydn and Liadov and Pianist James Welch, Director of Music for Trinity UMC and Faculty at SUNY Fredonia, will perform works by Scarlatti and Beethoven on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 12:30 p.m. in the Trinity UMC Sanctuary, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Admission is free!
   A native of Orchard Park New York, Anne Denis has made her way down south first by completing a Bachelor of Music degree at the State University of New York College at Fredonia in 2004. While at Fredonia she was awarded the Bromely piano scholarship and was the first place winner of the 2004 Erie Music Teachers Association Scholarship Competition in Erie, PA. After completing her undergraduate studies she began to work on a Master of Music degree at The Ohio State University in Columbus OH. Following graduation in 2006 she took a year off from her studies to gain work experience where she was Instructor of Music at Villa Maria College in Buffalo NY. Wanting to further her education, Anne made the decision to begin Doctoral studies at the University of Memphis on full assistantship where she currently teaches Class Piano and studies studio piano with Sam Viviano. She has previously studied with Robert Jordan, Fr. Sean Duggan, and Caroline Hong, with further assistance from Barbara Lister Sink. Anne is a two time prize winner in the Beethoven Club’s Young Artist Competition.
    James Welch is known as a collaborative pianist and soloist. He is a graduate of East Carolina University where he received his M.M. in Piano Performance and worked as a graduate teaching assistant. He received his B.M. in Piano Performance and a Performer's Certificate from the State University of New York College at Fredonia. His teachers have included Dr. Paul Tardif, Brian Preston, and Robert Jordan. He is the 2nd place winner of the 2007 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition.
    James regularly accompanies vocal and instrumental recitals, choral concerts, musical theatre and opera workshops, master classes, and auditions throughout the Western New York area including a master class given by Renee Fleming in 2006. James has served as a staff accompanist for the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Michigan and the RockyRidge Music Center summer seminars in Colorado. He presently serves on the faculty at the State University of New York College at Fredonia as a vocal accompanist and instructor of class piano. James is also Director of Music for Trinity United Methodist Church of Grand Island, NY.

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Have A Heart For Our Military - January 2010

   On Epiphany, January 6, we remember how Wisemen from The East brought gifts to the young child Jesus. What if this year we were to gather gifts to send to our troops stationed in the homelands from where some of these magi might well have come? When Trinity United Methodist Church member Judy Maurer’s son returned from Iraq last Christmas, he told her how important the care packages she had sent were to him and his buddies. She has continued to send one each week to various other soldiers who distribute the box contents to those in need. At Christmas, the military are usually very well taken care of with care packages, but beyond that it is somewhat spotty. So this year the people of Trinity United Methodist Church will be collecting items to send to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in time for St. Valentine’s Day. Since we have to mail these boxes by mid-January, there will be boxes at the entry ways at the church to collect any items people wish to donate from now until Sunday, January 10.
   Some items that are always on request are: antibacterial towelettes and baby wipes, toothpaste and tooth brushes, Wisps, mouth wash, deodorant, antibacterial body wash, individually wrapped snack items, cookies of all kinds, cocoa, playing cards and card games of all kinds, hand held games, batteries, white socks, and 56” square blanket throws.
   Should you wish to drop off items, the church is located at 2100 Whitehaven Road. To donate cash to defray the cost of mailing, please make checks payable to: Trinity United Methodist Church. Let’s show our troops how much we appreciate their service. Thank you in advance for your support.

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Trinity Events - January 2010

    Everyone is welcome to attend the following:
Wednesday Jan 6th, 6-8PM, End of Christmas party - bring the last of your Christmas cookies!
Friday, Jan 8th, 7PM Family Movie Night (think museums at night), snacks, craft activity
Sunday, Jan 10th, 12:30 – 2PM Piano recital with Anne Denis, preceded by a fundraiser lunch at 11:30AM

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Trinity Musicians To Perform Christmas Concert - December 2009

   Get in the holiday spirit at the Trinity UMC Music Department’s Christmas Concert at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, December 13 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. The free concert will feature the Chancel Choir, Orchestra, Tollers, and Trinity Youth under the direction of James Welch in addition to Special Guest Patricia Carpenter, Soprano, from the SUNY Fredonia School of Music.
   Concert selections include, The Twelve Days of Christmas, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” There will also be an audience sing-a-long.
   The entire community is encouraged to attend this festive program.

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SUNY Fredonia Women’s Choir To Perform Popular Lessons and Carols on Grand Island
Free concert for community to be held at Trinity Church - December 2009

   Kick off the 2009 Christmas Season with a spectacular Christmas concert on Friday, December 11 at 7 p.m. when the SUNY Fredonia Women’s Choir performs “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. This performance is in addition to the annual program the Women’s Choir performs and sells out in Fredonia every year. Under direction of Dr. Gwen Coleman Detwiler, musical selections will include Benjamin Britten’s Missa Brevis in D Op. 63, Francis Poulenc’s Litanies à la Vierge Noire, Traditional Carols, and more as well as many featured student soloists.
   The service known as “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” has been sung on Christmas Eve at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England since 1918. It began as an offering to the citizens of Cambridge, in honor of those who served in the Great War. The service began being broadcast via radio in 1928 and, except for 1930, has been broadcast worldwide annually to an audience of millions. As at King’s College, this service symbolizes goodwill between the university and the city, peace within the whole church, as well as joy and worship of all at Christmas.

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Recital Series Features Professional WNY Musicians - November 2009

   Trinity United Methodist Church on Grand Island, NY is launching its first ever recital series featuring professional musicians from Western New York. The first recital of the year will be held on Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. and will feature Tenor Paul Waara, accompanied by pianist, James Welch. See
2009 Recital Series for complete information on the musicians.

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Church Fair - October 2009

   Members of Trinity United Methodist Church invite the community to a church fair being held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, October 23 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 24 at the church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. For the full list of events, see
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Church Fundraiser - October 2009

   On Sunday, October 4 after church, a representative from Schwan’s Foods will be on site holding a Truckload Sale as a fundraiser for Trinity. A portion of all sales during this event will be donated to Trinity Church. Why not stop by the Schwann's Truckload sale and pick up something for dinner. This event will take place on Trinity Church property at 2100 Whitehaven Road.

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Trinity Events - October 2009

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Trinity Events - August 2009

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Trinity Workcamp - Summer 2009

   The Trinity Workcamp is taking place from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. everday during the week of August 10 through August 15. Help fix, renew, refurbish old and new Trinity churches and grounds (HS students- counts as community service hours).

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Ecumenical Taize Worship Service Planning Meeting - Summer 2009

   A planning meeting for the Ecumenical Taize worship service is being held 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 12. If interested, please attend, or let the Trinity office know of your interest.

Women Veterans Health Care - 2009

(left) Nancy Hayes, Women Veterans Program Manager Jill B. LaMantia and Pat Shaw
(right) Jill LaMantia - Click photos for larger view

   The frontlines of battle and the rules of warfare have changed dramatically in the last 50 years as has the face of the U. S. military. Women now constitute 14 percent of today's active duty soldiers, serving alongside men as fighter pilots, gunners, warship commanders, and military police in locations around the world. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) currently treats record numbers of women while preparing for a greater influx in the coming years.
   VA WNY Healthcare System is committed to provide every Woman Veteran who walks through its doors with the highest quality comprehensive health care. The donation of special female-friendly Welcome Bags by the Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island, NY, will add a more feminine touch to the services for Women Veterans when they come to VA WNY Healthcare System for a surgical procedure or admission.
   The staff at VA WNY Healthcare System is committed to care for Women Veterans who wear the same uniforms, salute the same flag and suffer similar battle wounds as men. "We thank the Trinity United Methodist Women for their commitment to our local WNY Women Veterans," Women Veterans Program Manager Jill B. LaMantia said this week.

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New Contemporary Service At Historic Trinity Church - Summer 2009

   The 101-year-old sanctuary at the Historic Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island is resonating with the sounds of a six-member band and up to ninety people singing and clapping to the music of a new generation. This Sunday, July 26, 2009, there will be added voices of the children just finishing the week at "Camp EDGE" Vacation Bible School singing some of the songs they learned. Anyone who does not have a church home but might be looking for an authentic faith community with a contemporary style of worship is invited to attend. The service begins at 9 a.m. and is located in the white church building in front of the parking lot.

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One Day Retreat "Publish Your Own Book" - Summer 2009

   One Day Retreat" - Learn How to Publish Your Own Book!" Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island Saturday, July 18, 2009, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See
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"Million Dollar Choir" Joyful Noise coming to Grand Island
Free concert is Monday, June 22 - Summer 2009

   "Joyful Noise," a 60 member choir, accompanied by a 10-piece professional band, will perform a rousing mix of gospel, contemporary praise, ballad, up-tempo, solo, choral and ensemble pieces at Trinity United Methodist Church on Grand Island, on Monday June 22 at 7 p.m. The concert is free, no ticket purchase is necessary. A free will offering will be taken. Come early to get a good seat and bring your friends and family!
   "Joyful Noise" is not your average youth choir. The unique group has performed at high-end venues like the The White House, the Crystal Cathedral and The Air Force Academy to name just a few.
   They look and sound like a million bucks, but most importantly, "Joyful Noise" has raised over one million dollars through their concerts over the last 16 years. That money is used to benefit children trapped in desperate poverty all around the world. Joyful Noise works with an organization called Compassion International,, to provide help to these children. For more information on the group, visit

Donate To "Pink Love Treatment" For Lady Vets - 2009

   Trinity UM Women Respond To "Pink Love Treatment," a new program for lady Veterans will start at Veteran's Hospital. The United Methodist Women of Trinity UM Church will help the hospital welcome women veterans receiving treatment at the hospital by giving them gift bags.
   "We will be filling pink bags with personal items," United Methodist Women President Nancy Hayes said. "We want to call attention to women veterans and let them know that they need to sign up with the Veteran's Hospital in order to be covered when treatment is needed.
   Mrs. Hayes along with co-chair Pat Shaw encourage those who wish to help with the project and request the following items:
Tooth Brush & medium size paste
Shampoo & conditioner (medium)
Moisturizer (medium)
Hand sanitizer
Bar of soap
Lip balm
Hair Brush (medium)
   Contact Mrs. Hayes for pickup at 773-7127.

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Vacation Bible School - Summer 2009

   Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island, invites all children to go to the edge this summer for Vacation Bible School. CAMP E.D.G.E.: EXPERIENCE + DISCOVER GOD EVERYWHERE is an extreme adventure camp experience taking kids on exciting Bible treks to experience and discover God everywhere, every day. The fun begins July 20th and ends on July 24, 2009 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the church located at 2100 Whitehaven Road Grand Island NY 14072. Each Bible trek is supported with science activities, songs, crafts, games, and snacks. To be a part of all the extreme fun at CAMP E.D.G.E.: EXPERIENCE + DISCOVER GOD EVERYWHERE, or for more information call Yolande Hasselbeck at 716-773-3322 - - or visit the church’s website at

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Health Screening At Trinity - May 2009

   A leader in community-based preventive health screenings will be at Trinity UMChurch June 22, 2009. The screenings will be painless and a package of four painless Stroke, Vascular Disease & Heart Rhythm and screenings will be completed in little more than an hour. Appointments are limited. Call 1-88-787-9018 for an appointment.

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Confirmation at Trinity Church - May 2009

   Confirmation of eight eighth graders takes place on Pentecost Sunday, May 31 when the church will confirm their faith at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The public is invited to come and celebrate their affirmation of faith in Jesus. The members of the class of 2009 are: Zoe Dodd, Laura Dolan, Sean Doyle, Amanda Passarelli, Elizabeth Raymond, Matthew Siegel, Andrew Yarnes, and Ellie Zaccaria. The church is located at 2100 Whitehaven Road.

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Community invited to Trinity Spring Concert - May 2009

   Members of the Trinity United Methodist Church Music Department will present their spring concert, “It is Good to Praise the Lord!” on Sunday, June 7 at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. The Trinity tollers, orchestra, chancel choir, men’s and women’s choirs will perform. The Brighton Community Church chancel and bell choirs will also perform. The Trinity and Brighton choirs will also perform some combined selections.
   A good-will offering will be taken and donated to the Niagara Frontier Ministries. A reception will follow the concert. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

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Older Americans' Month Service - May 2009

   Trinity United Methodist Church will celebrate Older Americans' Month on Sunday, May 3 with special services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. honoring the older members among the congregation. Seniors will take part in the 10:30 a.m. service, part of which they have written. The theme will be to honor the aging process, with its frustrations and rich bounty, and the unending love of God for each of us. A special cake will be served after the 10:30 am. worship service. Please join us on this day.

Youth Choir from Alabama Singing at Trinity Church - 2009

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    New World Choir, a 43-year music ministry of First United Methodist Church of Sylacauga, Alabama that travels around the country on a Spring tour, will perform at Trinity UM Church's evening service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. This year’s choir features two keyboards, drums, guitar and bass, percussion, and 40 voices. Their tour this year includes singing at several churches and being in mission in Ohio at the Cincinnati, City Gospel Mission and at the Cleveland City Mission before coming to tour Niagara Falls.
   The program is entitled “Shine--Say It with Your Life,” and the theme verse is Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they might see your good works and give glory to God.” The public is invited to attend the free concert. For more information contact the church at 773-3322 or email Pastor Jeff Childs at

Buffalo Community Minister to Speak - 2009

Al Emery with Rev. Merle Showers - Click photo for larger view

    The Rev. Merle Showers will be speaking Sunday, March 8th at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the church Family Room. Rev. Showers is a retired pastor who is presently the Executive Director of the Asbury Shalom Zone, an inner city ministry of the United Methodist Church, located in a large building at the corner of 7th and Jersey streets on Buffalo's west side. Prior to this ministry, he was the Niagara Frontier City Minister, intimately involved in some of the most challenging issues in the wider Buffalo area.
    The Shalom Zone concept was born in 1992, initially as the denomination's response to the riots in Los Angeles following the Rodney King verdict. Shalom, the Hebrew word for Peace, is the goal of Shalom Zones, which are now bringing support of all kinds to some of the most poverty stricken cities of the nation.
   Trinity Church has been a strong supporter of the Asbury Shalom Zone virtually since it began. One of its members, Al Emery, has worked for years with Rev. Showers, repairing the building, as well as fixing up furniture for sale in the Shalom Zone's Thrift Store. The picture above shows Mr. Emery with Rev. Showers as they repair yet another item to be sold. Everyone is welcome to attend this presentation. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. For those who may wish to stay. For more information, call the church at 773-3322 or email Pastor Jeff Childs at

Lenten Devotional - 2009

Lenten Devotional - presented by Pastor Jeff Childs of Trinity United Methodist Church
2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island

    “Again Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NRSV)
   Have you seen the light of life? As Christians that light seems to light up many faces in the people who gather for worship or who are active in missions or ministries which really fires up their souls. There is so much spark and spirit, the body cannot contain it. The light seems to sparkle in their eyes. Their faces light up as if there is a glow about them.
   You can see this radiance in proud parents or grandparents. Watch for it as someone talks about things they hold most dear and precious. Ask people to tell you about their favorite hobby, or the best times in their lives. Watch how their faces transform and their voices get animated. Holidays can bring out the twinkle in the eye and the glow of the face. Just last Christmas did we not see such expressions on many faces?
   Through the long dark winter and the grim economic realities all around, maybe you have seen more evidence of the absence of this light of life. As a pastor I have many opportunities to talk with people not only at the highest moments, but also the very lowest times. In the midst of grief or despair you can see in people’s faces a blank stare. There can be an air of doom and gloom which takes all of the color out of their faces as if they were under a dismal cloud. People can get so angry their face turns red and the eyes bulge with rage. Other faces just seem beaten and worn from a life of difficulty and pain. Some show evidence that the person is just trudging through life and going through the motions with no emotions, just running on empty.
   In these faces it is difficult to see the “light of life.” There may have been a brighter time or better days in this person’s life. But it is as if the light has faded and grown so dim that, at first glance, you might be tempted to think it has completely gone out. It is like a campfire that had burned brightly in the evening as the campers have laughed, told stories, and songs had been sung late into the night. In the morning only the darkened charred coals give an indication of what once was. But upon closer examination and a little probing an ember or two still glow where the last two logs held some heat together through the long night. With fresh kindling and a life-giving breath, a spark rekindles the flame and the fire glows again.
    During this Lenten season I invite you to look into the faces and search for the spark of the light of Christ, the light of the world; the light of life. Allow the light and life of Christ in your life to be radiated onto another’s face. Through encouragement and engagement let the other person know that Jesus loves them and you do to. Brighten their day. Invite them to join you in a mission and ministry which passes on the spark and the light of life. Remember it only takes a spark to get a fire going. Invite someone to join you at church this week. Jesus is the light of the world - Pass it on.

Wonderful Wednesday Program At Trinity - 2009

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   Trinity UM Church offers a Wonderful Wednesday program each Wednesday night starting at 6 p.m. in the main family room of the church. The event starts with a dinner, followed by a praise band and a contemporary worship. From 7-8 p.m. a discussion topic for the adults is led by Pastor Jeff Child, along with a children's program led by Yolande Hasselbeck. Childcare is also available most weeks. All are invited to come. If you check the church's website, at, you can view the topic for that week's Wonderful Wednesday program.

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"Gloria" - Holiday Pops Concert - Dec. 2008

   Trinity United Methodist Church will present "Gloria," a holiday pops concert 7 p.m. Sunday, December 14. The concert will feature the Chancel Choir, Orchestra, Hand Bells and more. The chancel choir will perform John Rutter's "Gloria" accompanied by special guest brass and percussion musicians from the SUNY Fredonia School of Music! In addition to other holiday favorites, other selections will include White Christmas, The Little Drummer Boy, Frosty the Snowman. The program will also include a sing-a-long to celebrate the holiday season, and will conclude with LeRoy Anderson's famous "Sleigh Ride." The holiday event will be followed by a reception full of goodies. Admission is FREE. Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.

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Senior Health Care Event At Trinity - Nov.2008

   Confused about Health Care? Considering changes during Medicare open-enrollment? Helping a friend or relative with these issues?
   Save your questions and decisions until you have heard Mr. Bill Daniels, Coordinator of Insurance, Erie County Department of Senior Services give his presentation "Filling the Gaps/Medicare." Mr. Daniels will discuss Medicare Advantage, HMO's, prescription drug plans and more in his talk. He will take questions from the floor and be available afterward for individual questions. Handouts will be provided. Please invite interested friends and neighbors.
   Where: Family Room (this is a special Chat 'n' Chew event)
   When: Tuesday, November 25, 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided ($5.00 donation)
Presentation 12:15 - 1 p.m., followed by a time for individual questions.
   Questions: Anne Hipp, 774-8776

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Free Piano Recital at Trinity - Nov.2008

    The public is invited to a special piano dedication recital at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 16 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. The free recital will be performed on the church's new Steinway baby grand piano. Several talents from the church, including locally renowned pianist James Welch, will perform. In addition, there will be two selections by the Chancel Choir.
   Prior to the recital, a luncheon will be served at 12 p.m. Donations from the luncheon will provide support for the Trinity Hand Bell Choir.

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Family Weekend With Pastor Robin Blair - Saturday, November 8, 2008

   Trinity United Methodist Church will present Family Weekend With Pastor Robin Blair (wife of Trinity's Senior Pastor Jeff Childs) beginning Saturday, November 8th:
• 5:30 p.m. Potluck Supper – bring a dish to share
• 6:30 p.m. Program “Media Culture: Why Is It After My Kids?”
• (Children will have a fun time in the Historic Trinity Gym)
   Join Robin Blair, media producer and Associate Pastor at Liverpool First UMC, for an introduction to becoming media literate through your lens of faith. Advertisers spend billions to influence a child’s choices when it comes to food, toys, fashion and more, but there are ways to counteract this spell. Learn how your influence can go a long way in diluting these money hungry messages. For more information, see her website:
Sunday November 9th - 9 a.m. – Sunday School for All Adults
COMMON GOOD RADIO is the Internet radio station where adults and children host music and talk programs as a commercial-free, faithful companion for you and your children, online. Come join Pastor Robin to hear what it is all about, how you can help and how you can get your faithful voice, heard! Check it out
Sunday morning worship at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. - Children’s Sabbath 2008
What do children hear; what do they see? Who is telling the stories that the children will remember in a media saturated culture? What are the justice issues surrounding this media and how can we pray about it? Can our prayers be heard over the roar?
   The public is cordially invited. Free will offerings will be taken at the services and Sunday School class. The church is located at 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island NY 14072.

Trinity United Methodist Women Provide School Supplies, Tote Bags For Needy Students - 2008

Fillmore Central School students receive tote bags filled with supplies through the efforts of the Trinity United Methodist Women.
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   Thursday, October 16, 2008 . . .Members of the Trinity United Methodist Women, who sewed 60 handmade school bags and filled them with school supplies, recently presented them to three kindergarten classes at Fillmore Central School, located in the poorest county in New York State. The contents of the bags included pencils, erasers, pencil cases, tooth brushes and paste, hand cleaner, etc.
   The UMW ladies also provided each child with a book and DVD and a Beanie Baby. It was a fun day for all. The United Methodist Women shown in the photos are Jeannie Klock (dark clothing), Pat Shaw (green) and Nancy Hayes.
   Thank you notes were received from all of the students and include the following:
"I liked the cat on it but I gave the cat to my sister to show that she loves me." Lydia
"I colored with the crayons and the pencils and I liked the bag even though I wanted the sunflower one. I just want to say thank you and I like it a lot!" Emilee
"I took the school stuff out and gave it to my mom because my mom didn't even have some." Susan
"Thank you and I really liked the horsey toy that was in my bag. I sleep with it." Haley
"I love the book and kitties. The Kitty is wonderful, thank you. I am going to name the kitty Milo. Thank you for the wonderful bag. I can't wait to share with my mom, dad, brothers and dog, Peanut." Marit
"Thank you for all the stuff. I never had this stuff before. I will play with it." Connor

Community Youth Invited To Harvest Party - Friday, Oct. 24, 2008

   Are your kids looking forward to fall and halloween festivities? Then bring them to a Harvest Party at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, on Friday, October 24. Children's events from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. will include pumpkin carving, face painting, crazy maze, cookie decorating, wacky gym games, a bonfire and more! Youth events begin at 6:30 p.m. and include games, bonfire, s'mores and much more. Don't miss out on all the fun!

Spiritual Enrichment Seminar Series at Trinity Church - 2008

   Sister Mary Jo Colucci has conducted a monthly Spiritual Enrichment series at Trinity Church since 1993. These sessions have included story telling, private reflection, music, input/teaching, optional sharing, communal listening, and prayer. They have provided opportunities for participants to open their hearts and bask in the joy of God's unconditional love for them.
   Sister Mary Jo is a Sister of St. Joseph, who for the past thirty years has worked in spiritual formation with adults of varied Christian traditions, in homes and in churches of the Western New York area.
   As a spiritual director for those seeking a deeper relationship with God through Christ, she assists people’s growth in awareness and in their response to God within the ordinary events of daily living.
   The first session for this year is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.
   "We will reflect on these questions: How can I bring peace to a world of violence as I live my own life's journey? How can I leave my own peaceprints?
   "We will view the DVD, Apostle of Peace, to gain insight into how our Buffalo martyr, Sister Karen Klimczak, walked her journey, in order to reflect on these important questions. Prayer, input, music, sharing and reflection will be included in our session. The other sessions will be on Saturdays, Nov. 15, Dec. 13, Jan 17, Feb. 21, March 21, and May 2."
   To make sure there are materials for each participant at the first session, those planning to attend are asked to call the church at 773-3322 to RSVP by October 6th.

Trinity UMW Barbeque - 2008

   A Krolicks Chicken BBQ is being held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. The cost is $8.00 for chicken dinner or $10.00 for limited Rib dinner. Each dinner comes with 2 sides, rolls & butter, drink and dessert. This event is sponsored by the United Methodist Women. Tickets may be purchased by calling Carrie Mesmer, 435-0766.

Trinity Ladies "Out To Lunch" - 2008

   The ladies of Trinity UM Church suggest an afternoon of food and fellowship by joining the crowd from Harmony Circle. The group will meet at 11:15 a.m. August 21 at Riverstone Grill, 971 East River Road for a choice of scallops, shrimp or chicken breast at $15 per person. Reservations must be made and paid for by August 17 by contacting Nancy Hayes, 773-7127 or the Trinity Church office.

Trinity Ladies Donating School Bags - 2008

   The United Methodist Women of Trinity UM Church are again donating school bags to the Fillmore Kindergarten and need stichers and monetary donations for material. Lists of school supplies will be handed out with a bag for those willing to help out. Contact Pat Shaw (773-4439) or Nancy Hayes (773-7127).

Trinity Welcomes New Pastor Jeff Childs - 2008

   Parishioners of Trinity United Methodist Church of Grand Island invites the public to attend services to welcome newly appointed Pastor Jeff Childs. Rev. Childs will be coming to Trinity Church by way of the First United Methodist Church in Auburn, NY and will officially start services on Sunday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m. The Pastor has many God Given talents that he has selflessly given to the churches he has lead.
   Rev. Childs has an extensive resume when it comes to serving God. Jeff was ordained as an Elder in 1985 and served three small churches in Minnesota until 1988. He continued his service at larger churches in Minnesota until 2002 when he relocated back to the New England area.
   Born and raised in Titusville PA, he attended Penn State and then entered the Army, serving from 1975 till 1979 with assignments as a Russian linguist in Germany. He attended United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in Minneapolis and was ordained a Deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1982.
   Rev. Childs is married to the Rev. Robin Blair who is also a seminary graduate of UTS in Minneapolis. She has served as the pastor or associate pastor of churches in the North Central Annual Conference of the UMC. She has developed a web based ministry called the “Children’s Center for the Common Good” at, for and with children. She is currently working to produce a children and families web based ministry for Faith and Values Media. She will be ordained a Deacon this year. Rev. Childs and his wife have four daughters and two sons-in-law. Two have graduated and are working while the other four remain in graduate schools in Boston, Atlanta, Minneapolis and South Bend, IN.

Swing into Spring at Trinity Concert - 2008

   Members of the Trinity UMC Music Department will perform their Spring Concert 7 p.m. Sunday, May 18 in Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. The concert will feature the Chancel Choir, Orchestra, Tollers, Beaus, Belles, and Sweet Harmony, under the direction of James Welch and accompanist Dennis Overholt. A free-will offering will be taken during the concert to benefit The Grand Piano Fund, and church apportionments. Home-made desserts will be enjoyed by all concert-goers at a reception following the concert.
   The public is also invited to an optional pizza dinner at 6 p.m. prior to the show. The dinner includes pizza, salad bar and a beverage. A $5 donation is appreciated. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Trinity’s youth work camp program.
   The entire community is encouraged to attend this inspirational program featuring sacred and secular music.

Physician Assistants For Cancer Awareness and Research (Team PACAR) at Trinity Church - April 2008

   Members of Trinity United Methodist Church will host Dave Farmer, member of team PACAR (Physician Assistants for Cancer Awareness and Research) to support the 2008 Ride for Roswell. The event takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 in the family room where Dave will provide a better understanding of the cancer screening process. Almost all cancers are treatable if discovered at an early stage. The major pitfall however, is that many people are just unsure about when and what they should be tested for. This presentation is designed to answer many of the questions that surround cancer screening and will include Mammography, Colonoscopy, Prostate, Thyroid, Leukemia, Endoscopy and PAP smears. This is open to all persons and there is no charge. A free will donation will be accepted at the lecture to support The 2008 Ride for Roswell. Those planning on attending are asked to call the church office, 773-3322.

Trinity Church Collecting Empty Inkjet Cartridges For Recycling - Feb. 2008

   Members of Trinity United Methodist Church are collecting empty inkjet cartridges for recycling. The church will receive up to $4.00 for each cartridge recycled. Cartridges may be deposited in the collection bin located just inside the front door of the church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. "Simply place your old cartridge in a plastic sandwich bag and deposit it in our collection bin," a spokesman for the project said this week. Most businesses simply throw their empty cartridges in the garbage so check at work to see if they would donate their “would be” garbage. The acceptable cartridges are listed below. No large laser cartridges are accepted with this program and will not fit through the holes on the collection box.
   In addition to raising money for Trinity United Methodist Church, recycling inkjet cartridges has a positive impact on the environment. Consider the following: Nearly 1 million inkjets are thrown into the country's landfills every day. Less than 5% of the cartridges produced are recycled. It takes 1000 years for the plastic to decompose.
   If you are willing to donate your empty ink cartridges but are unable to get to Trinity Church, "we will gladly pick them up from you." Just call to make arraignments. Questions about the program can be directed to Frederick Claus at 773-3322.
   See "Ink Cartridge Brands"

Buffet Luncheon On Sunday at Trinity - Feb. 2008

    A buffet salad luncheon will be offered at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 10 following worship at Trinity Church. The cost is $5 per person, or a maximum of $15 per family. Salad offerings will include green salad, ambrosia, potato, macaroni, tuna and egg salad. Rolls, home made desserts and a beverage are also included. A separate "child friendly" meal will also be available. The community is welcome to attend. Proceeds from the luncheon will be donated to the John Lummen Memorial Piano Fund.

Cancelled Concert Rescheduled For Sun., Jan. 13th - 2008

   Parishioners of Trinity United Methodist Church will present a holiday pops concert, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 13 in the church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY. The Chancel Choir, Orchestra, Bell Choir, and select men’s and women’s groups will all perform. Refreshments and dessert will follow the program. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring friends and family along to enjoy the music. There is no charge. However, proceeds from a goodwill offering will benefit both the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation as well as the Trinity Church Piano Fund. This concert was originally scheduled for Sunday, December 16, 2007 and cancelled due to bad weather.

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